Purple Masked Angelfish EXPERT ONLY

Greek Name: Paracentropyge venusta



This Purple Masked Angelfish also known as Venustus Angel or Blue-backed Angelfish can be a gorgeous addition to your aquarium. The amazing contrasts of Blue with Yellow will create a unique hue that will delight anyone who is an aquarist.
Purple Masked Angelfish requires a 70-gallon or larger tank with lots of live rock to hide because they are shy fish. But, once they mature and grow, the Purple Masked Angelfish matures and expands, they can be more assertive with fish of similar body size and shape. Though they are generally considered an aquarium-safe species, the Purple Masked Anglefish can be a bit aggressive towards sessile invertebrates and clammantles.


The diet of the Purple Masked Angelfish should include Spirulina as well as marine algae mysis, frozen shrimp and other meaty food items.


Approximate Purchase Size: Medium: 2″ to 3″; Large: 3″ to 4″

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Care Level

Expert Only



Color Form




Reef Compatible

With Caution

Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size



Fiji, Indo-Pacific, Philippines, Vanuatu



Minimum Tank

70 gallons


General information on Venusta Angelfish

Also known as the Purple Masked Angelfish Venusta angelfish are quite uncommon dwarf angelfish with an orange face and body area that is adorned with blue triangular patches over the top of the head. They also have the blue saddle area which begins close to an anterior dorsal fin and extends across the rear part of the body and the caudal fin. The pelvic and anal fins are bordered with blue. The angelfishes are typically found to be found in steep outer corals and reef slopes that range from 20 to more than 130 feet (6 40 meters) deep. Most often, they are seen as a single fish in deep reef slopes and caves.


Venusta Angelfish Diet & Nutrition

In their natural habitat, Venusta angelfish take in tunicates, sponges and other crustaceans. In captivity, these fishes can be fed frozen food, including brine fortified shrimp, mysis and meals that contain sponge matter, or angelfish-specific meals that are offered often throughout the day.


Venusta Angelfish Origin

The Purple Masked Angelfish are known as being distributed across Japan across northwestern Philippines.

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